Opposition parties led by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in Tamil Nadu will hold demonstrations across the state on April 23 demanding that the Centre sets up the Cauvery Water Management Board immediately, PTI reported. The decision was taken on Monday at a meeting that DMK Working President MK Stalin chaired.
The demonstrators will form human chains, according to the resolution adopted at the meeting. The parties also urged Governor Banwarilal Purohit to take steps to form the board immediately. Stalin had a “Cauvery Rights Retrieval Yatra” between April 7 and April 12 that covered the Cauvery basin region in the state.
On February 16, the Supreme Court ordered the government to set up the board within six weeks. The board will determine the allocation of Cauvery river water between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The deadline to set up the board ended on March 29, after which the Centre asked the Supreme Court for six more weeks to set it up, saying the Karnataka elections will be held in May. The court has asked the Centre to file its draft scheme on the implementation of its February 16 order by May 3.